unworthy

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adjective un·wor·thy \ˌən-ˈwər-thē\

Definition of unworthy

  1. 1a :  lacking in excellence or value :  poor, worthlessb :  base, dishonorable

  2. 2 :  not meritorious :  undeserving unworthy of attention

  3. 3 :  not deserved :  unmerited unworthy treatment

  4. 4 :  inappropriate to one's condition or station actions unworthy of a gentleman

unworthily

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unworthiness

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First Known Use of unworthy

13th century


UNWORTHY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of unworthy for English Language Learners

  • : not good enough to deserve something or someone : not worthy

  • : not appropriate or acceptable for a good or respected person


UNWORTHY Defined for Kids

unworthy

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adjective un·wor·thy \ˌən-ˈwər-thē\

Definition of unworthy for Students

unworthier

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unworthiest

  1. 1 :  not deserving someone or something He's unworthy of such praise.

  2. 2 :  not appropriate for a particular kind of person or thing That behavior is unworthy of you.

unworthiness

\-thē-nəs\ noun

Law Dictionary

unworthy

adjective un·wor·thy

Legal Definition of unworthy

  1. :  not meritorious; specifically in the civil law of Louisiana :  being or relating to an heir who is deprived of the right to inherit from a person because of a failure in a duty towards the person

unworthiness

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